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Christian Pulisic has told fans that he will ‘work harder’ in order to get more game time under Chelsea boss Frank Lampard.
There has been a lot of transfer speculation in the media over the past few days which has suggested that Pulisic may seek a loan move away from the club during the January transfer window if his game time does not improve under the guidance of Lampard.
The 21-year-old has struggled to nail down a place at Chelsea, despite being tipped to be the ideal Eden Hazard replacement, and has already vented his frustrations at being dropped from the Chelsea starting line-up over the past few weeks.
But Pulisic returned to Lampard’s squad for the visit to Southampton at the weekend and helped the Blues pick up a very comfortable 4-1 victory over the saints, and after the American grabbed an assist off the bench against Southampton, Lampard told the winger he needs to work hard to get back into the sideLampard told the winger he needs to work hard to get back into the sideLampard told the winger he needs to work hard to get back into the side.
And although Pulisic has admitted that he was hurt by the decision by Lampard to drop him, he has told Chelsea that he will work harder in order to get more game time, telling the club website: ‘That’s my job. I’m in an attacking role and I’m going to do the best I can, to try to get goals and assists,’ said Pulisic.
‘I think that’s been good so far, so I just want to continue to work hard. I want to be starting. I want to be starting every game. I’m working hard in training. I want to be there. I hope everyone can see that, so with moments like this I hope I can make a case for myself.
‘I’m not just going to throw a fit and give up ever, so if I’m on the bench it doesn’t mean the gaffer doesn’t think I’m a part of the team, I’ve just got to keep pushing and earn my spot.
‘I did the best I could with the minutes I got. I tried to help the team as best I could. I guess I’m happy but I’m going to keep working harder, and I’m never going to stop trying to get more minutes.
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‘Of course, you want to play, be on the field and be in the team as much as you can, and it hurts not to be there, but I’m happy I got my opportunity. Competition in the team can only make me better and I think that’s what makes teams, it’s guys who are maybe not the second or third man, but they are pushing each other in training every single day. That’s what a good team is all about.
‘[Lampard] likes players who work very hard and show a lot in training and I just have to continue to do that, do my best in training and try to earn my position. Culture-wise, it’s been easier than Germany to be honest. From the football side, I guess you could say that [I am still adapting].’
Callum Hudson-Odoi has admitted that he feared never playing again for Chelsea after picking up a serious Achilles injury last season.
Regarded as one of the finest talents in the game right now, Hudson-Odoi had his breakthrough season at Chelsea last season under the guidance of Maurizio Sarri and quickly became a fans favourite with his skill, pace and ability to create goals for his team-mates.
The 18-year-old missed Chelsea’s Premier League run-in, the victorious Europa League final and the Nations League with England as a result of his injury, but he has made an impressive return, registering three assists and a goal in four games for Chelsea under Frank Lampard.
But the young winger has admitted that the doubts he encountered after sustaining the injury meant that he feared for his career, telling the Sky Sports website: “I wondered if I would be able to play again; that was my first thought. I knew I’d done something really serious so I was really concerned.
“But my family kept me confident that I’d be back to how I was.
“There were days when I would go into training and I would be sad or disappointed because I could see the boys outside training and you just want to be out there with them. So I had the dark days but at the same time I had positive days as well.”
He added: “When it came, it was more anger for me because everything was going as I wanted it to go,” he said. “I was playing games, I’d got called to the national team – everything was going perfectly.
“There were big games coming up. But I knew when I came back I’d be stronger than I was before.
Fresh reports have again claimed that Chelsea target Gareth Bale is unhappy at Real Madrid and wants to leave.
Bale has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons over the past few months as all indications suggested that he was leaving Madrid during the transfer window, especially after boss Zinedine Zidane came out and pretty much admitted that he no longer wanted the Welshman in his squad anymore.
That led to a lot of transfer speculation that Chelsea were interested in trying to secure a possible transfer deal for the Welshman, as they sought an immediate replacement for the now departed Eden Hazard, despite the fact that they cannot buy any players for at least two transfer windows.
But the transfer window came and went, and Bale had to stay put as nobody was prepared to meet his £100 million price tag, meaning that he would have to stay with Madrid and try to earn a place in Zidane’s starting line-up on a regular basis.
But according to fresh reports on Spanish publication AS, Bale has now decided that he does indeed want to leave Madrid and will seek a move away in the coming windows, alerting some of the biggest clubs in the game to a possible deal.
The 30-year-old was left out of the squad for the recent Champions League encounter with Club Brugge last week and has been in and out of the side under Zinedine Zidane.
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